Production of the 2 Series coupe, the replacement for the 1 Series, has begun in BMW's Leipzig factory.
BMW Plant Leipzig produced the 1 Series Coupe from September 2007 until the beginning of October 2013, with a total of over 150,000 units manufactured and sold worldwide. After the discontinuation of the 1 Series Coupe and Convertible in early October, the Leipzig plant was adapted for the production of 2 Series coupe and other future models.
The BMW Leipzig plant currently produces the BMW X1, the BMW 1 Series five-door and the BMW 2 coupe on a flexible tape, according to customer requirements. Moreover, since mid-September, the separate production of the BMW i3 has also started in the plant.
Currently, up to 740 cars will be built per day. For the production of the electric cars, BMW has invested around 400,000,000 euros in the expansion of the Leipzig plant. The plant currently employs 3,500 people but the number is set to increase to more than 3,700.—Paul Duchene